Climatologist Seeley reviews weather extremes in 2011 MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the year in weather in 2011 which included lots of snow in the beginning of the year, high dew points in the summer, a straight-line wind speed record, a dry autumn, and a warm end-of-year.6:55 a.m.
Ron Paul Nears Top Of Iowa's GOP Presidential Polls
The latest Republican presidential candidate to move to the front of the pack in Iowa is Texas Congressman Ron Paul. That position has made him a target for most of the other candidates as each makes a closing run across Iowa. What sets Paul apart from his rivals is how much of the time he focuses U.S. foreign policy.
Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race
It's once again poised to play an important role in the presidential election, but Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. Reeling from the housing collapse and high unemployment, voters are feeling the pinch and are angry at what's happening in Washington.
In China, Finding A New Way To Eat In Times Of Plenty
As people get richer, they tend to get fatter. That's what's happening in China, where 25 percent of adults are now obese or overweight. But some Chinese are discovering that it's possible to enjoy times of plenty and still stay slim.
Oprah Winfrey Network Still Finding Its Footing
Oprah Winfrey gave up her coveted spot as the queen of daytime talk to start a cable network. A year after its launch, however, OWN is struggling. Winfrey hopes a show of her own will boost viewership, but admits that running the network is much harder than she anticipated.
Are You Being Paid $600,000 To Party?
That's what Kim Kardashian reportedly will earn for being in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve and again during some "special appearances" in 2012. But in the celebrity world, it's not unusual.
China To End Breaks For Foreign Automakers
Bloomberg News reports Beijing will stop encouraging investment from outside companies with tax breaks and other incentives. A Chinese official said the move was to allow for healthy development of its own car market. It also comes amid a sharp slowdown in car sales there.
Was It A Good Year To Be In The Stock Market?
David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the bumpy year the stock market had in 2011. And they discuss what the new year might have in store for investors.